ABOUT US

Who are we?

Parents’ Voice is an online network of parents who are interested in improving the food and activity environments of Australian children. Formally known as The Parents’ Jury, Parents’ Voice was formed in 2004 and now represents thousands of Australian parents.

Parents’ Voice is supported by Diabetes Victoria, Cancer Council Australia, VicHealth, Bluearth and YMCA Australia.

Stay in touch with the work of Parents’ Voice by Joining Us and over on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Digital media guru Alice is passionate about supporting parents to make positive change. Formerly Deputy Mayor at Moreland City Council, Alice is a seasoned champion of community rights and has previously worked in digital communications. Mum to Charlie (5) and Annabel (18 months), Alice gets that parents are always learning and loves exchanging tips and advice with Parents' Voice online community.

Alice Pryor

Campaigns Manager

Got a parenting story, blog idea or tips for others trying to make healthy changes to the lives of Australian kids? Contact Luke at Parent's Voice for parents to share their advice and tips. Luke has 7 years of experience working as a Public Health Nutritionist spending most of his time in UK and Australian schools improving food environments, he is also the Dad to a 2 year old ball of energy called Willow.

Luke Daley

Communications Officer

Parents’ Voice Steering Committee

Our work is guided by a Steering Committee, with representation from our partners and parent members. The Steering Committee is responsible for strategic & policy direction, with the day to day operation managed by a small team.

Craig is a health economist by training and a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Service Management. He has held senior management positions in both the private and public health care sectors in Australia and overseas. He has also worked for an international consulting firm and as an academic economist. His research interests include cost-effectiveness studies and the evidence-base for clinical practice.

Adjunct Professor Craig Bennett

Chief Executive Officer, Diabetes Victoria

Craig Sinclair is the Director of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Collaborative Centre for UV Radiation and Head of Cancer Prevention at the Cancer Council Victoria, Australia. At the Cancer Council Victoria, Craig is responsible for the development and delivery of cancer prevention and screening programs. He also chair’s the Public Health committee for Cancer Council Australia.

Craig Sinclair

Director, Cancer Prevention Centre, Cancer Council Victoria

Clare is a public health nutritionist and has been the Nutrition Program Manager at Cancer Council NSW since 2011. Her job involves promoting healthy eating and physical activity to reduce cancer risk through nutrition promotion programs and advocacy on food and obesity prevention issue. Clare spent eight years at CHOICE fighting for better nutrition policy and food regulation.

Clare Hughes

Nutrition Program Manager at Cancer Council NSW

Becky is a mum to two girls, Annabel (5) and Molly (3). Becky has worked in health promotion and community development for over ten years, and is currently completing a PhD at Curtin University in Perth. As Director of Reach Health Promotion Innovations. She is interested in technology and health, and the use of smartphone applications for health promotion; this is also the focus of her doctoral research.

Becky White

Parent Member

Catherine is currently Executive Director of the Good Samaritan Foundation. Twice winner of the NSW Government’s Multicultural Marketing Award, Catherine holds a Master's in Communication Management (UTS). She is the mother of two teenagers and is passionate about young people's right to enjoy public spaces free from unhealthy advertising messages.

Catherine Cresswell

Parent Member

A long term advocate for effective policy approaches for prevention of risk factors in alcohol and obesity prevention, Jane currently leads the Obesity Policy Coalition which provides high level policy and regulatory advice around food policy issues. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) at University of Western Australia and a Masters in Public Health at Monash University. She has a teenage son and a daughter in her early twenties.

Jane Martin

Executive Manager, Obesity Policy Coalition

VicHealth works in partnership to promote good health for all Victorians and recognises that the places in which we live, work and play influence what we eat, and works to create environments where healthy eating an easy and desirable choice. Sonya is an Accredited Practising Dietitian who has worked in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. She has an interest in children’s nutrition, healthy weight, diabetes and nutrition during pregnancy.

Sonya Stanley

Principal Program Officer – Healthy Eating for VicHealth

Stephen has been with the YMCA for just over 7 years. Most recently as Chief Executive for YMCA NSW and previously Acting Chief Executive for YMCA Victoria. He is a board member of Play Australia, and on the management committee of the Australian Health Promotion Foundation (Vic branch). Stephen is a father of 2 boys (although they certainly are of the age to make their own decisions about healthy food options!)

Stephen Bendle

Executive Manager, Advocacy

Carolyn Jones is the Consumer Engagement Manager with Diabetes Victoria and has worked as a Manager in Health care for over 10 years. As a manager, she has a passion for preventative care and self-management of Chronic Conditions such as a Diabetes. Carolyn has a background in Speech Pathology and specialized in working with people with progressive neurological conditions in community care and home settings.

Carolyn Jones

Consumer Engagement Manager, Diabetes Victoria

Kristy brings a background in health promotion and public health, at a community level and policy level. Most recently Kristy founded Zockmelon (www.zockmelon.com.au), a health promotion and social media consulting business to help public health organisations use social media effectively. Kristy is a proud, but very tired, mum 2 clever, cute and funny boys aged 4.5 and 1.5 years.

Kristy Schirmer

Parent Member

Wendy’s experience spans executive roles in both Government and not for profit sector in WA, NSW and Victoria. She has had a diverse career working across education, health, community services and sport and recreation however the themes across all settings has been to deliver system change. She has won public sector awards for her work in sport and recreation and industry awards in community services.

Wendy Gillett

Chief Executive Officer, Bluearth

Darryl has over 10 years experience in public health at both the state and national level. His roles in government have included Manager of the Tobacco Control Section, Senior Project Manager with the National Public Health Partnership and Secretariat Manager of the National Mental Health Standing Committee.

Darryl Kosch

Executive Lead, Policy Development Office, VicHealth

Anna Peeters is a Vichealth Research Fellow and the Head of Obesity and Population Health at the Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute. Her work aims to build the evidence base for public health policy regarding the prevention of obesity and its consequent diseases. Anna is also President of the Australia New Zealand Obesity Society.

Anna Peeters

Head Obesity & Population Health | Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute President Australian & New Zealand Obesity Society

Cheryl is a mother of two active primary school aged children, a lawyer and a business transformation specialist. Interested in kids' nutrition and physical activity, Cheryl recently completed the New York and Paris marathons. Training while working and looking after young children was challenging but also incredibly rewarding and inspirational to her children who eagerly followed their Mum's running schedule.

Cheryl McLeod

Parent Member

Mother of three , Kylie has 18 years of experience in health research around understanding what influences children’s weight status, physical activity and sedentary behaviour. By working with families around practical strategies that can be incorporated into busy routines, she seeks to help parents provide their children with a healthy start to life.

Kylie Hesketh

Australian Research Council Future Fellow in Deakin University’s Centre for Physical Activity and Nutrition Research (C-PAN)